*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
D:
Hi all, I’m Dion­ne. I’m a chi town girl, born and raised! I’m cur­rent­ly in my last semes­ter of grad­u­ate school for my Mas­ters in Clin­i­cal Men­tal Health Coun­sel­ing, May 2012 please hur­ry up lol! I also work in Social Ser­vices with indi­vid­u­als with devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties, and plan to pur­sue a doc­tor­ate degree after a much need­ed semes­ter or two of rest!

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
D:
Mak­ing the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral didn’t start off as a con­scious one. I have a now 6 year old daugh­ter who at the time was 3 going on 4 and has a very tight, coily curl pat­tern and I wasn’t sure how to real­ly care for her hair prop­er­ly. I began get­ting a lot of pres­sure from fam­i­ly mem­bers to relax her hair, which I knew was not an alter­na­tive I was inter­est­ed in. So I began search­ing Youtube for advice on how to care for her hair and in the process I fell in love with nat­u­ral hair and decid­ed my daugh­ter and I would con­tin­ue this jour­ney togeth­er.

When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­u­ral hair?
D:
My last relax­er was in Sep­tem­ber of 2009. I tran­si­tioned for almost a year and did the big chop on August 26, 2010. I tran­si­tioned with roller sets, two strand twists, buns, flexirods, ban­tu knots, and braid­outs. I would also in the process cut a cou­ple inch­es off every few months before the actu­al big chop.

In what ways (if any) has going nat­u­ral affect­ed you?
D:
Going nat­u­ral has increased my con­fi­dence lev­el, influ­enced my per­son­al style, and just given me an over­all since of pride in every aspect of who I am as a black wom­an. It has total­ly broad­ened my idea of beau­ty.

How would you describe your hair?
D:
I would describe my hair tex­ture as con­fused lol, but seri­ous­ly I have a few dif­fer­ent tex­tures through­out my head and it even feels dif­fer­ent to the touch. Some areas are very soft and fine and oth­ers are coarser and more tight­ly coiled. My hair is also pret­ty thick, and has a mind of its own.

What is your reg­i­men?
D:
Hon­est­ly I don’t have much of a reg­i­men the­se days, although I start­ed off with a very strict reg­i­men in the begin­ning. I would wash and deep con­di­tion almost every week, and was a major pro­duct junkie. The­se days I just kind of go with the flow. I wash about every 2–3 weeks and deep con­di­tion when I wash. After that I usu­al­ly do braid­outs. Those are my favorite. Some­times I wear twistouts, or I just wear my hair in twists.

My favorite go to prod­ucts include Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie and Deep Treat­ment Con­di­tion­ing Masque, coconut oil, cas­tor oil, Eco Styler Gel, and Gio­van­ni Sham­poo and Direct Leave In Con­di­tion­er.

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair?
D:
I do uti­lize pro­tec­tive styles from time to time, as well as just being patient and gen­tle when detan­gling. Cow­ash­ing helps with mois­ture as well as using a good leave in (Gio­van­ni Direct Leave In and Mois­tur­iz­er) and seal­ing my hair with coconut oil and cas­tor oil.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
D:
I’ve learned that for me doing too many wash and goes leads to crazy sin­gle strand knots, which I have to go on a search and destroy mis­sion to get rid of, so I’ve learned to uti­lize more stretched styles like braid­outs.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
D:
I would say the best thing I do for my hair is keep it mois­tur­ized and stretched as often as pos­si­ble, although I still enjoy a good wash and go from time to time.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
D:
Yes, I can be found on YouTube, my user name is djsim­mon­s83.

Any­thing else you want to add?
D:
Just to love your hair and try not to com­pare it too much to oth­er people’s hair. It’s cool to admire a beau­ti­ful head of hair, but nev­er for­get how beau­ti­ful your own hair is, and also just be patient if you’re a new nat­u­ral. You’ll be pleas­ant­ly sur­prised with what comes in time.

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
— Style Icon Coor­di­na­tor for BGLH

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31 Comments on "Dionne // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Jacky

Finally,someone with hair that is iden­ti­cal with mine.Rock that fullness,girl.

ashanti

i love love love your answer to “what made you go nat­u­ral” i just did the BC because my daugh­ter and i were swim­ming in that same boat…and she has­nt even hit 3 yet(2 week par­ty count­down)!!!! i was start­ing to strug­gle with this twa (i swear i look like mal­colm x somedays…and that is not ok for a sin­gle wom­an), but i am real­ly encour­aged after read­ing this…setting strong exam­ples for our min­is is so important…thanks so much for being fab­u­lous you!

IRISESTILL

You inspire me Dion­ne!!!! I’m still try­ing to get to know my hair.Unfortunately,I find myself admir­ing and wish­ing my hair was like oth­ers all the time. I’m hop­ing I will get to a point where I can tru­ly say “I love my hair”. On that note, your hair is beau­ti­ful!!!!

merry

pret­ty girl. and hair is gor­geous…

good luck to you.

Michelle

Very beau­ti­ful hair!!! I love it!

zyaran

Gor­geous hair to go with a beau­ti­ful wom­an. It’s so thick and healthy look­ing, keep up the good work.

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On a side note Singer Whit­ney Housten has died, I just saw it on the CBS news alert.

amy

your hair is beau­ti­ful!!! and i love the pink lip­stick in your 1st pic, where did u get it from?

Denise

Hi Ladies! If there are any ladies in the DC, MD,VA (DMV) area look­ing for a Nat­u­ral Hair Meet-up group I sug­gest DMV Nat­u­ral Hair Beau­ties. http://www.facebook.com/DMVNaturalBeauties Their events are full of help­ful tips and tricks for nat­u­ral­is­tas. Check out their Face­book page for their next meet-up event. Even if you’re not in the area like their page because they have nat­u­ral hair recipes on their wall that are real­ly help­ful! =]

CuteKinks

You and your hair are very beau­ti­ful.

Dionne

Aw thanks (blush­ing)!

Sarinthia

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR HAIR!!! It’s also nice to read that you wash your hair 2–3wks as do I and I use a Shea/Carrot hair oil to grease my scalp…I jus need to find a GOOD shampoo/conditioner. I also wish I was equal­ly cre­ative with my Long thick hair, I put it in a ponytail(hiding my lenth with­in pony­tail extensions)…I need to find detan­glers because my hair and my kids hair does tan­gle eas­i­ly. I just want­ed to let you know your hair is Beautiful(as you already know)and I also LOVE those glass­es as well…keep Rock’n that Nat­u­ral Gurl :)

Dionne

Yeah I know that every week deal between my daugh­ter and myself was a killer I had to stretch those wash days out a bit, and thanks for your kind com­pli­ments.

Amma Mama

GORGEOUS!

Loren Gaffin

Where did you buy those ‘mad’ eyeglasses…I luv them? Your hair looks great.

Dionne

Thanks I got the glass­es from retrocitysunglasses.com,or is it retrocityglasses.com one of the two can’t remem­ber which one.

O0oro0O

Your beau­ti­ful I like your make-up ! And your hair is too I like your hair­styles !

Dionne

Thank you and glad u like!

AJ

Can I say that your hair is just gor­geous! You rock it damn well too!
Hair Twin x 2 :)

Dionne

Why thank you hair twin!

Ivy

My hair twin!

Dionne

Cool, I love find­ing hair twins!

Zea

I’ve loved her chan­nel for a lit­tle while now. Her lip col­or is always real­ly pret­ty… and she LOVES thrift­ing!

Dionne

How cool a fel­low youtu­ber, glad u like the chan­nel, and thanks for your kind words!

barbaranaturallyspeaking

Your hair is absolute­ly awe­some! Love the full­ness. You are def­i­nite­ly rock­ing your nat­u­ral!
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Dionne

Thanks yours in very beau­ti­ful as well!

denaturalistas

Love your hair! It’s gor­geous!

Dionne

Thanks!

Fox

Your hair is awe­some!

Dionne

Thanks so much!

tess

Your hair is EXACTLY how I wish mine would look,the thick­ness, the fact that your puffs look so damn lus­cious . The hair envy.…I can bare­ly con­tain it!!

Dionne

Aw thank you!

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